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I’ve been on a fennel & parsnip kick currently as a result of they’re in season and I’ve been discovering them within the natural part on the farmers marketplace for a extremely good value! A few weeks in the past I made this lovely mushroom spaghetti with roasted fennel & parsnip and now I offer you soup.

I not too long ago learn Shantaram – a bit mammoth of a novel, bringing in a minimum of 900 pages. #geethanks You welcome 🤭 Most of you will have most likely already learn it (palms up 👋) but when not, right here’s me telling you to offer it a go. #justreadit

Shantaram is a charming, lovely learn. I imply, it might damage you in the event you drop it in your toes, but it surely might additionally simply entertain your creativeness in the event you simply maintain it in entrance of your face. #besafe 🤪

I feel the creator desires it to be a kind of memoir, however fact be advised, I’m probably not shopping for it. It looks like an enthralling journey novel to me, with a superb description of life and the folks of Bombay (the slums, the mafia and the in betweens), bits and items of thriller suspense and wild turns, and likewise sprinkled with some tacky cliché romantic episodes. #lovememaybe

IMHO a semi-memoir at finest #butwhatdoiknow 🤷‍♀️ with a bit little bit of the whole lot for everybody – themes like friendship, love, exile, poverty, crime, revenge. 😈

In a nutshell, Shantaram is in regards to the lifetime of an escaped Australian convict who finally ends up establishing a clinic within the slums of Bombay, getting intimate and having non secular/ethical conversations with the mafia bosses 🤨, dabbling with some unlawful actions, preventing in a warfare and… I’ll go away the remainder to your discovery. #nospoilers

The satan is within the particulars and this guide is all about these rattling lovely particulars – language, values, gestures, colors, smells and sounds.

I might go and dig into Google to see how a lot of the guide is predicated on reality and the way a lot is fiction, however I don’t wish to. #ignoranceisbliss With some books, the extra in regards to the again story, the extra it steals from the expertise.

The guide is just not good (are any?!), there’s some wobbly bits, however general I liked studying it, it introduced worth to my life, hope it should do the identical for you. 🙃

I’d like to know your ideas in the event you already learn it. And in the event you haven’t, I’m curious, do you wish to? Discuss to me in feedback 👇

Now again onto SOUP.

Parsnip and fennel soup

Serves 2 -3


  • 2 celery sticks, diced
  • 5 medium potatoes, diced
  • 2 parsnips, diced
  • 1 fennel, chopped
  • 2 TBSP olive oil
  • salt and pepper to style
  • 270ml coconut cream
  • eight sprigs of thyme, leaves solely
  • 1 tsp mustard
  • half of tsp miso
  • Three bay leaves
  • Three cups water


  1. To make the soup, I added all of the substances to my Magimix Cook dinner Professional and cooked the soup on the Creamed Soup setting. I served it with savoury granola and recent thyme and parsley.

To make the soup in a pot:

  1. Warmth the oil on medium warmth and add the celery, parsnip and thyme leaves. Cook dinner on medium warmth for about 5 minutes, till they soften.
  2. Add the fennel, potatoes, bay leaves and water and convey to a boil.
  3. Simmer lined on low warmth for about 20 minutes or till the potatoes are gentle.
  4. Add the coconut cream, mustard and miso and season with salt and pepper.
  5. Simmer for an additional 5 minutes then take away from warmth.
  6. Enable the soup to chill a bit after which puree it in a blender – relying on the scale of your blender, you would possibly want to do that in 2 or Three steps.
  7. Return the soup to a pot and reheat it previous to serving.

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